One of the most beautiful lakes in Thailand that bring visitors and tourists from the nation and the world is Cheow Lan Lake. Located in the wilderness and surrounding by cliffs of limestone, Cheow Lan Lake is quite simply an amazing place to be. The lake features more than 100 islands, and the twin peaks of Khao Serow tower above everything else. Surrounding the lake is Khao Sok National Park, which gives visitors distinct views of wildlife that are not seen in other parts of the country.
The history of the lake begins in 1982 and the creation of the Rajaprabha Dam, which means Light of the Kingdom. Originally built to bring electricity to the surrounding area, the Rajaprabha Dam receives water from Klong Saeng, which is the biggest river in the south of the country. Political activists who had resisted the military back in the 1970’s sought refuge in the area and eventually received amnesty in 1989. That same year, the reservoir created Cheow Lan Lake, which is 165 square kilometers. Although underwater, the area used to be a place for farming and was a trade route for locals. Today, fishermen, visitors and floating homes frequent Cheow Lan Lake.
Visitors to the area spend time watching the cliffs that abound with wildlife. There are plenty of monkeys, such as gibbons, that abound in the area. Other wildlife have adapted well to the lake. One example is the Great Hornbill, who hides its young within the recesses of a cliff. Although the hiding places are hidden well with branches and leaves, there is still space for young to receive fruit. On the north side of the lake, wildlife comes to the edge of the lake to receive water and eat vegetation. Animals that frequent the area include elephants, tapir and gaur. Visitors can tour dark caverns that feature unique species. The Nam Talu has cave shrimp, glowworms, bats and even cave crickets. Bamboo rafts can transport people to Coral Cave in order to see unique formations of rock.
The adventure and fun in exploring Cheow Lan Lake begins at the pier at Rajaprabha. A large selection of longboats is ideal for visiting hidden islands and coves or for other activities like fishing. Visitors have the option of going on an excursion for a few nights or for a day. Overnight trips feature comfortable accommodations with simple rooms. A day trip brings visitors to memorable floating raft houses. Some workers on the boats actually lived in the area before the lake was created.
One of the top things to do is to hike around the area. Fortunately, there is a nice variety of places to hike that are suited to the abilities of many different people. Nam Talu Cave is a fantastic place to see special formations and amazing creatures. The hike to the cave is quite challenging, but it is definitely worth it. People who want an astounding view have a hike that can be challenging at points, but many people can make it. A trip to Coral Cave is always worth it, and one of the best parts it that it is an easy hike for young and old alike.
While hiking is popular in the area, other activities that are available include swimming, fishing, kayaking and sightseeing. A number of establishments have kayaks that are used by guests to visit a quiet place on the lake or to view local wildlife. Another popular activity that visitors and locals love to do is to fish around the lake. In fact, many locals are fishing enthusiasts, and they know the best places to catch the fish. Fish that are likely to be found on a fishing adventure include snakehead, jungle perch and catfish. In addition to this, visitors can explore the wondrous lake underwater. There are homes and temples that are still standing in the lake.
The Klong Saeng Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the conclusion of the lake. The environment has been undisturbed, and people can see even more wildlife.
Cheow Lan Lake is one of the last places that have been undiscovered by the masses, but it offers people a tremendous experience that will last a lifetime.